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Rochester children show visitors how green their garden grows

Date: 16/04/2008           Category: Waste and Recycling

Media invite, St Luke’s pre-school, St Luke’s Church, St Williams Way, Rochester. Saturday, 3 May. 11am to 1pm. Contact: Deborah Hope, St Luke’s pre-school, 07779 222463 Children from a Rochester pre-school will be discovering why it’s fun to be green at a garden party next month. St Luke’s Church is throwing open its garden doors to the community on Saturday, 3 May, to show off its new garden, which was funded by money from the National Lottery. The pre-school received £19,000 from the fund to turn a derelict area at the rear of the church into a tranquil haven, including a play and covered area. The party is being organised by parents of St Lukes pre-school. Visitors can enjoy playing games and make art with household recyclable waste, a bouncy castle. Event organiser Deborah Hope, whose three children have all attended the pre-school, hopes the party will unite the community. She said: “The garden is a fantastic addition to the school, which we are obviously very proud of. There’s as enclosed play area and is an ideal place to teach the children about the environment, which we hope will allow them to pass on their new-found knowledge to their parents.” Compost enthusiasts the Medway Mulchers and Medway Council’s Waste Minimisation Team will also be offering residents support and advice to anyone wanting to make their own compost. The council officers’ visit coincides with the start of Compost Awareness Week, which takes place from Sunday, 4 to Saturday, 10 May. Medway Council’s Waste Services Team and the Medway Mulchers are running compost clinics throughout the area during Compost Awareness Week. They will be at Wyevale Garden Centre, Elm Court, Gillingham, from 9am to 4pm, on Tuesday, 6; and Thursday, 8 May. Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre car park on Wednesday, 7 May, from 9am to 4pm. The Mulchers will also be at the Cozenton Garden Festival, Cozenton Nursery, Bloors Lane, Rainham, on Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 May; and Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 May.